Au­mua bags brace in Lions romp

Herald on Sunday - - SPORT -

A with­er­ing open­ing 20 min­utes and try-scor­ing dou­ble from young hooker Asafo Au­mua pro­pelled Welling­ton to a 42-26 home win over Taranaki in the na­tional pro­vin­cial rugby cham­pi­onship. Play­ing in the NPC cham­pi­onship, the Lions sprang out to a 24-0 ad­van­tage af­ter just 17 min­utes, with the Au­mua open­ing their ac­count, tak­ing the ball one-off a maul and find­ing space in the Taranaki de­fence. Af­ter first-five Jack­son Garden-Ba­chop kicked a penalty, Welling­ton winger Ben Lam cap­i­talised on a de­fen­sive li­ne­out win and quick ball along the back­line, be­fore un­wanted All Blacks wing Ju­lian Savea touched down. Garden-Ba­chop con­verted all three tries and the hosts had the re­sult well in con­trol less than a quar­ter of the way through the game.

Au­mua starred in the Lions win.

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